Middlesbrough ‘eye’ ex-Hull City defender

Hull City have been unable to beat Blackpool in their last 11 tries.

Hull City return to action tonight as they seek just their second win in nine games. The Tigers travel to Lancashire where they face Blackpool in the Championship.

Despite a strong start to the season, the Yorkshire side’s form has slumped and they currently sit just a point clear of the relegation zone. However, a win today could see them overtake Blackpool.

The Seasiders are currently 19th in the second tier but are unbeaten in their last three games. However, they could be without three key players tonight after Marvin Ekpiteta, Dominic Thompson and Shayne Lavery were sent off in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sheffield United at the weekend.

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The Bloomfield Road visit will be their fourth game since Shota Arveladze was sacked but they don’t appear much closer to naming his successor.

Here are today’s rumours…

BLADES STAR “ACCOUNTS” FOR NATIONALITY GUARDIANS

Turkey national team manager Stefan Kuntz was present at the weekend to watch Sheffield United’s 3-3 draw with Blackpool. Blades forward Rhian Brewster is eligible to represent the nation through his Turkish Cypriot mother. (Football League World)

PRESTON NORTH END FLOP ‘TARGETS’ WORLD CALL CALL

Former Preston North End loanee Lukas Nmecha could be included in Germany’s squad for the World Cup after capturing seven caps since his debut last year. The forward has scored three league goals for Wolfsburg this season. (Deepdale Digest)

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EX-SUNDERLAND YOUNGSTER NAMED EFL YOUNG PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Sunderland academy product Bali Mumba was named EFL Young Player of the Month after scoring two goals and two assists for loan club Plymouth Argyle. The 21-year-old joined Norwich City in 2020 from the Black Cats. (NCFC)

STOKE CITY FORWARD ‘ALMOST’ JOINS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SIDE

Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell has revealed what a move to Rangers looked very close ahead of signing a new deal with the Potters in January 2020. The forward has scored twice in the league this season. (Beautiful Games Podcast)

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN ‘TARGET’ AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL

QPR BOSS “PLAYS DOWN SPECULATION”.

QPR chief Michael Beale has dismissed speculation linking him to the Rangers and Wolves vacancies. The 42-year-old said: “The club haven’t been in touch. It’s the media that writes the stories. It’s my first job at QPR and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.” (Glasgow Evening Times)

MIDDLESBROUGH ‘EYE’ FORMER DEFENDER OF HULL CITY

Middlesbrough are set to appoint Michael Carrick as their new manager and it has been reported that the former midfielder will try to bring ex-Hull City defender Alex Bruce into his back room. The 38-year-old retired earlier this year and worked under his father Steve at West Brom. (Alan Nixon)

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